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LSE hires top academics from American and European universities in global recruitment drive

LSE has embarked on one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history, with over 80 leading social scientists joining the School since September 2012.

LSENearly four out of ten (38 per cent) of the new hires are from US universities, with a significant number from Europe and Australia. They come from the world’s leading universities, including Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Texas, Austin and Yale in the US and Cambridge, Free University of Berlin, Oxford, Paris School of Economics, Perugia and UCL in Europe.

The new recruits include some of the world’s foremost economists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and legal academics. The departments adding the most faculty are Economics and Law, with International Relations, Geography & Environment, Anthropology and Management also recruiting significant numbers.

The aim of the drive is to strengthen further the academic excellence of LSE under Director Professor Craig Calhoun, who joined LSE in September 2012. It includes a particularly successful annual recruiting round as well as an open search campaign, which will see LSE invest an additional £18 million in faculty over the next five years.

Professor Calhoun said, "We offered our departments the chance to choose the ideal colleagues to enhance their intellectual leadership and offered faculty from across the world the chance to join LSE in shaping the future of social science. That so many of the world's top social scientists have come here testifies to LSE’s unique role in both scholarship and public knowledge, and will make LSE an even more major force globally. This is an enormously exciting time to be at LSE.”

The School made it clear in its open search that new recruits had to be, or on the verge of becoming, world-leaders in their fields. Intellectual achievement and potential had to be demonstrated in significant publications and candidates had to show a commitment and capacity to provide high quality and innovative teaching to LSE students.

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Provost, said, "LSE is becoming increasingly self-confident about its position in the global academy. We are outward-facing, engaged with major public policy issues and open to new directions in both teaching and research.”

The announcement comes at the end of an extraordinary year for the School, in which LSE academics received a number of honours. Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides was knighted for services to economics and named Regius Professor of Economics designate. Professor Sir John Hills was knighted for services to social policy; Professor Sir David Metcalf was knighted for services to UK migration policy; and Professor Judith Rees made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for services to higher education. She also became President of the Royal Geographical Society. Professor Lord Nicholas Stern became President of the British Academy.

Notes to editors

LSE's academic and research staff are listed in the LSE Experts Directory

Also available: A complete set of biographical details for appointments and honours  

Thursday 5 September 2013.